New legislation has been released by the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to allow increased hunting and trapping covering a multitude of wildlife reserves all over the state.
Constraints have been dramatically decreased by these Federal agencies for the hunting of bears and wolves including their offspring in dens. Conservation groups have been vehemently criticized these measures that have been put in place.
Many national reserves will allow the hunting of black bears, wolves and coyotes including their young found in their dens, plus caribou from motorboats to even hunting bears with bait. What are known as ‘registered bait stations’ in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will also for the first time, allow brown bear hunting too..
This announcement goes against the Obama period of presidency when restrictions were in place with regards to the hunting and trapping of the wildlife in Alaska’s reserves.
It was per the Anchorage Daily News, who were the initial organisation who received the federal statements of the new legislation, said both agencies released individual statements stating that this will permit federal law to be brought into line with state law.
It has been claimed by conservation groups that these harsh decisions will encourage and entice hunters to practice merciless hunting methods.
Ben Williamson, the program director at World Animal Protection US said “Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane.”
“It takes no skill or cunning to lure bears with donuts and shoot caribou from motorboats,”
“The killing of animals for enjoyment or sport not only causes mass suffering to wildlife, but it threatens whole ecosystems and wildlife habitats.”
In the meantime arguments stemming from both hunting organisations and groups of tribes from the Alaskan interior state that these changes to legislation support subsistence and sport hunters.
Victor Joseph, chair of the Tanana Chiefs Conference that represents 42 tribes of the Alaska interior, said in a statement, “The previous limitations enacted in 2015 threatened our way of life and our centuries-long sustainable management practices.”
Via usa today